One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a crime) petty.‘petit larceny’
- ‘The Inner City, Canalgurdle and Jordaan may look innocent, but the "petit" crime rate is here no less than in the center of Paris or London.’
- ‘He has also been accused of the petit crime of stealing and eating pies from the inn's pantry.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘small or insignificant’): from Old French, ‘small’; the same word as petty, with retention of the French spelling.
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